May 10, 2012 |
Kobe Bryant had a stomach virus, had trouble keeping anything down all day, and took fluid by intravenous injection before the game. Turns out, it was the rest of the Lakers who played as if they should have been in the infirmary. Bryant was the only Laker to provide any offense in Game 6 of the Lakers' Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Nuggets in Denver on Thursday night. Denver won easily, 113-96, dominating play inside, shooting three-pointers as if they were playing a game of H-O-R-S-E in the driveway and thoroughly dominating every facet of play to force a Game 7 Saturday night at Staples Center.
December 11, 2011 |
Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum stood back to back in front of a purple backdrop Sunday morning, the Lakers' 7-footers clutching basketballs and smiling as cameras clicked during media day. There was someone missing from the picture. Lamar Odom is on his way to Dallas after being traded to the Mavericks the previous day, leaving Gasol and Bynum as the Lakers' big men of the moment. "That definitely affects us negatively, obviously," Bynum said. "We had the best front line, I'd say, between me, [Odom]
May 6, 2011 |
Reporting from Dallas The tension between Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and center Andrew Bynum and forward Pau Gasol was palpable Friday night in Game 3. It could be seen in how animated Jackson was toward his two big men during so many timeouts. It showed in how many times Jackson got into the face of Bynum and Gasol during timeouts. And it really was on display when Jackson could be seen repeatedly thumping Gasol in the chest with his fist during timeouts. Bynum had another strong game, scoring 21 points on nine-for-16 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds in the Lakers' 98-92 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series.
January 8, 2011 |
Six for eight from the field. Thirteen rebounds. Seven assists. 21 points. Not a bad night's work for Pau Gasol. "I'll take that every game if I could," Gasol said after the Lakers defeated the New Orleans Hornets, 101-97, Friday night at Staples Center. "Twenty-one, 13 and seven, I'll take that any game. I was a little bit upset that I missed those two free throws at the end, but that's about it. " Oh, yes, those two missed free throws in the fourth quarter.
June 13, 2010 |
Reporting from Boston Bad night for the Lakers' post players, one and all. Andrew Bynum was ailing and ineffective, but Pau Gasol one-upped him by being healthy and unproductive. The Lakers were knocked around by the Boston Celtics for most of their 92-86 loss Sunday at TD Garden, much to the delight of Celtics fans who saw Gasol get his shot blocked three times and Bynum fail to score after the first quarter. That Bynum played despite a sore and swollen right knee was a statement in itself, but Gasol was the one who had only 12 points on five-for-12 shooting in Game 5. "We need to be more of a factor defensively and more productive offensively as well," Gasol acknowledged.
February 2, 2010 |
Kobe Bryant walked off the court quickly and quietly, his head tilted down, an emblem as good as any after the Lakers ended their longest trip of the season with a last-second loss. They faced a variety of conflicts against the Memphis Grizzlies -- Gasol vs. Gasol, Bryant vs. Jerry West, Phil Jackson vs. Pat Riley and themselves vs. the trip that wouldn't end -- but lost them all except Bryant's pursuit of West's franchise scoring record. That Bryant was in a somber mood after getting 44 points and becoming the Lakers' all-time leading scorer set the table for what Jackson would confirm after the team's 95-93 loss to the Grizzles on Monday night at FedExForum: This trip was only "so-so."